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Nov 17, 2013 7:55pm EST
to this crisis. he actually compares obama to james buchanan and says his response in this crisis is more reminiscent of buchanan than lincoln. i wanted to see how you responded to his argument. does anybody want to volunteer to take that? >> one of the characteristicis s that made lincoln a great leader is patience. one of the things that gave lincoln leverage in dealing with his political foes and allies is he could wait and see how things were tilting and moving before he left. that's not really a bad thing to be patient. it's hard to do. we are not a patient society by instinct. it was easier to do perhaps in the 1860s than it is in the 21st century, but that's not to say patience was what characterized buchanan. buchanan was inaction. that's a slightly different thing than waiting to see how things work out. i dispute the connection he is making. i think there's a certain strength to patience and leadership. >> also, you know, i've said many times if lincoln is the president against whom all others are measured, as i think he is, no small -- one element of that is his political geniu
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